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  Stamford® Stain Removal Guide


  • When in doubt, test the chemical and procedure to be used on an area of the garment that doesn't show, such as an unexposed seam.

  • Dyes vary in fastness. When in doubt, test first.

  • Never dry clean any garment while wet from spotting. if spotting is necessary before cleaning, dry with air and vacuum on the board as much as possible and hang to complete drying or use SSS as a leveling agent.

  • Any material that contained moisture when it stained a garment is considered a wet stain. Any material that did not contain moisture is considered a dry stain.

  • Use wetside spotters on wet stains. These are: PROTEEN, TRIK, and SPOT-BUSTER.

  • Use dryside spotter on dry stains. These are: S.S.S., and P.O.G. Do not flush these spotters with steam or water.

  • Some stains are both wet and dry. For example: gravy may contain milk (which contains water) and it may contain grease from meats.

  • Always start with dryside spotters when removing stains that are both wet and dry.

  • SPOL is an excellent product to use on stains that are unknown or contain both wet and dry.

  • While rinsing wet side spotters, flush area with steam with the vacuum on.

  • Some stains may be "built-up". Remove as much as possible before applying chemical, either by brushing lightly or with the spatula.

  • ODEX PLUS, although not a spotting agent, can be used with wet-side spotters, aids soil removal and eliminates certain objectionable odors.

  • Bleach solutions can also be on the spotting board as a last step to remove the last traces of a stain. There are two types of bleaches, oxidizing and reducing. Oxidizing bleaches are: sodium perborate, hydrogen peroxide, sodium percarbonate and sodium hypochlorite. Reducing bleaches are: sodium bisulfite, sodium hydrosulfite and titanium stripper. The reducing bleaches are useful to remove the purple color of grape, wine and berry stains. Also, used to remove fugitive dye stains from unwanted areas. Before adding a bleach to a stain, test the article for color fastness. Wet the area with steam or water before applying bleach. Work over a towel on the board. Allow time for the bleach to work. Thoroughly flush the stain and bleach solution from the article before cleaning.

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